Morgan County Commission needs board members

October 30, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Commission is looking for volunteers to fill two positions on county boards.

The county's Fire Board and the Economic Development Authority each need a citizen member to serve, said Bette Kidwell, county administrative assistant, and both are nonpaying, volunteer positions.

Under new commission guidelines approved in September, all board member applications will be reviewed by the commissioners, and the applicants chosen will be interviewed by the Commission in a public meeting.

The Fire Board needs someone from Magisterial District Two. The eight-member board meets quarterly, executive director Sandy Kesecker said, and the citizen's term is three years, with a limit of two consecutive terms.


Magisterial District Two includes the areas of South Morgan, Greenwood, Posey Hollow, Stotler's Crossroads, Highland Church, Smith Crossroads and Rock Gap.

Kesecker said four fire department representatives, three citizen members and commission president Glen R. Stotler are the board members.

She said the board's discussions include the fire department's training and necessary equipment that must meet federal standards. The citizen board members work closely with the fire department regarding the district's needs.

"These (firefighters) have a love for the job and want to keep people safe, and by having our membership complete, it allows all districts to be represented and the community members to have a voice," Kesecker said.

The Morgan County Economic Development Authority has an opening on its 15-member board that includes executive director Bill Clark, Commissioner Brenda J. Hutchinson and 13 citizens at-large.

The board meets six times a year, once every other month. Members serve three-year terms, and there is no term limit, Kidwell said.

"Basically, the board encourages economic growth in the county. We need the position filled by someone energetic and interested in promoting growth within Morgan County," Hutchinson said.

Application forms can be obtained at the Morgan County Commission office, and completed applications for the current two board openings will be accepted through Nov. 16 at the 35 N. Mercer St. office.

Applications for volunteer board memberships are accepted any time and are kept on file, Kidwell said.

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